- Picture Frame Deck – Step Guide to Your First Picture
- I. What Even Is a Picture Frame Deck?
- II. Deck Boards Material
- III. Two Common Types of Frame Deck
- IV. Process of Installing Picture Frame Deck Boards
- V. Is Picture Framing Worth It?
Picture Frame Deck – Step Guide to Your First Picture
If you are looking for a way to renovate your backyard, consider field decking. Picture frame installation is an excellent handicraft to improve the outer look of your deck.
I. What Even Is a Picture Frame Deck?
But what does a picture frame deck even mean? Simply, it is a frame that wraps around your decking. This deck frame size depends on your initial deck size. DIY installing hardwood decking, then picture frame – it is a real challenge. A perfect decking will go with a perfect deck frame. Consider building a decent deck board first then.
II. Deck Boards Material
The picture frame material relies on your favorite. It can be the same as your decking material. However, adding some contrast by using different wood is not a bad idea. It can highlight your decking even more. Hardwood, composite or regular wood is a good pick for your decking.
Softwood is more flexible to work with, because, obviously, it is way softer. As a result, they make up most of all wood used globally, with about 80% of all wood being softwood.
Softwood has many applications and is found in building structures, furniture, paper medium density fiberboard, Christmas trees, and more. Pinewood is one of the most common softwoods in the industry. If you are on a tight budget, this is a good choice, but consider investing in hardwood or composite because they are long-lasting.
Hardwoods are generally costly and harder to work with, but their advantage is undeniable: hardwoods will last longer than other softwood. For this reason, people often sculpt high-quality furniture with hardwood, it is also used for flooring and construction that need to be long-lasting.
This is an excellent wood for picture frame decking; it doesn’t require flexibility but a long lifespan.
3. Composite Wood
Composite wood has the properties of plastic: resistance to moisture, and anti-rot. Although the ability to harden may not be equal to that of hardwood, a good blend of wood pulp, resin, and additives create a strong point for wood. Composite decking is resistant to cracking – warping is minimized for a much longer time than hardwood.
Composite decking does not need to be painted. The manufacturer will pain an anti-UV coat outside of the boards in the production process to guarantee the color durability. Composite lumber is excellent for picture frame borders because it is cheaper than regular wood, ensuring its lifespan.
III. Two Common Types of Frame Deck
1. Miter Joint Frame
This is how a joint miter frame looks after you complete the deck.
In the field, the deck boards are vertical to the joists. You’ll note that there’s always one board running parallel to the post. Blocking is necessary between the rim joist and the penultimate joist alongside it. A deck framework will support picture frame deck boards.
In the following image, you can see how to frame a miter joist arrangement. The diagonal blocking maintains an air gap, allowing moisture around the joint to dry more quickly.
2. Butt Joint Frame
Butt joint – another design to renovate your deck with picture framing. Two courses of perimeter frame border boards are seen in this picture. Using a butt joint frame avoid corner joint splitting, unlike what you would experience with a 45-degree miter joint frame.
It’s faster to DIY a picture frame than sawing perfect 45-degree miters and trying to prevent them from splitting. The secret of the frame is exposed when we remove the deck planks.
IV. Process of Installing Picture Frame Deck Boards
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1. Measure the size for your picture frame border
The first step is determining how much of the picture frame deck board will protrude beyond the framework. This will decide where the interior of the border piece will fall, which is critical information. But don’t worry, this is not a complex task for you!
A standard overhang for decks is roughly one inch. It means that you will minus 1 inch, measure from the outside of your deck.
If you cannot picture the method, here is the example: measure back 4,5 inches for a 5.5 inches board. Connect the dots and draw chalk lines around the deck. And that’s it, let’s get your tools and begin picture framing!
2. Take Out the Railing Posts
Isn’t it simple? Well, nothing is that simple. Let us now discuss the railing posts. These are usually found immediately within the deck boards, directly in the path of your border piece.
The border should land midway on the seats; that is what you are expecting. You can cut the frame and the decking that surround the posts without too much difficulty.
Worst-case scenario, the posts will land fully within the picture frame board piece. Those posts will undoubtedly be bent if you try to clip around numerous postings on the same panel.
This scenario has the potential to devolve into a nightmare swiftly. Good luck if you’re attempting to cut around a completed position that requires precise cuts. It’s nearly impossible.
Many skilled carpenters may trim picture frame decking boards into shorter lengths to decrease the number of tricky cuts on a single board to handle this issue. If that is too difficult, here is another option to do it. Chainsawing the boards around the deck posts and using picture frame boards made from shorter lengths of deck boards.
Next, drill a hole in the middle of a picture frame to fit in the central post. The picture frame deck board sends should then be cut to work around the other posts.
3. Arrange Decking Border
After you’ve decided on your deck layout, the following step is to lay the deck boards. Various people have different ideas about how to get started. Some people believe that it is preferable to fix the entire border first, followed by laying the deck boards within the picture frame.
Others feel it is preferable to apply all deckings first, leaving the ends to run wild, then snapping a line, cutting the ends, and fitting the border to the decking.
A mixed approach is preferable to me. Deck design and layout include several variables and possibilities. But, to keep things simple, let’s say we’re building a rectangle deck with a border on three of the four sides. Allow the side against the house to be ripped for the last decking board.
In this case, lay and strengthen the deck board pieces on the frame, mitering the end of the external picture frame piece with the sharp point on the line you snapped previously. Leave the other side of the picture frame open.
Begin running your decking outside, butting up against the side border edge, and spacing out the outer border. When you come to the opposite side, cut the first board you laid on the snapped line level with the sharp point of the border’s mitered corner. At this point, you don’t need to trim them lengthwise.
Continue in this manner until you reach the second-to-last deck board. On the line you snapped before, cut this board to the completed length. Then, you can adjust and saw t board fit against the house and cut this one at a mitered 45-degree angle, with the blunt tip level with the edge of the preceding panel.
4. Complete the Picture Frame Decking Boards
Draw a line to cut between the two short ends of the picture frame border between the posts. The most straightforward technique to cut this is using a circular saw equipped with a guide to ensure a straight cut. You can do it by hand, but try to cut smooth, and avoid mistakes as much as possible.
Cut every picture frame board and the board. Begin by cutting around the posts, then do it lengthwise. This allows you to cut straight through with your saw without needing to trim the corners around your final picture frame boards. If you do need to snip a corner, an oscillating multi-tool is an ideal device to use.
All that remains is to cut and fit the final picture frame piece.
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V. Is Picture Framing Worth It?
1. Decorative Function
It is an aesthetic feature of your house, even though it is just a tiny detail to your deck, but picture framing makes your deck look way better. The aesthetically pleasing will be worth your effort of three hours, only for picture framing. The mitered corners are highly appealing, particularly on the steps going up to the deck.
2. Safety First
Installing deck picture framing provides safety to your deck. Yes, it’s true. The picture frame boards help people be conscious when they are on the verge of the deck. It sounds hilarious, but it is more crucial than you think, essential for the visually handicapped or drunk people.
3. Picture Frame Board’s Primary Function
Keep in mind that we need to get rid of the trash! Perimeter picture frame deck boards overhang the rim joist and any board. Besides, if the deck edge is a little too thick, a picture frame deck will cover it entirely, even with a double rim joist. Also, picture framing will shield your deck from debris accumulation or exposure to the weather.
All debris will wash away down the deck’s edge and through the spaces between the deck board.
If you are afraid of picture framing by yourself, contact Decking Pros NW for advice and their decking service.
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